Bobby Watson: Purple Flowers
Bobby Watson (alto sax)
From the Heart (Palmetto Records PM2130)
Bobby Watson (alto sax),
with The Live & Learn Band: Leron Thomas, trumpet; Warren Wolf, vibes; Harold O’Neal, piano; Curtis Lundy, bass; Quincy Davis, drums.
Composed by Harold O’Neal.
Recorded: Maggie's Farm, PA, January 14-15, 2007
Rating: 84/100 (learn more)
Veteran saxophonist and leader Bobby Watson, who made his bones as so many have from the "school of Blakey," is joined by Betty Carter graduate Curtis Lundy on bass and a group of fine younger musicians, The Live & Learn Band, for this date. On "Purple Flowers," Watson demonstrates his solid, soulful alto on a thoughtfully composed ballad by pianist Harold O'Neal. Leron Thomas's trumpet solo is inspired and his duet work with Watson is in perfect sync. The whole feel is a laid-back cool with Wolf's vibes softening the timbre of the tune. Creative breaks in the melody lead the listener in unexpected ways. Watson's is a voice that is noteworthy in both tone and dexterity. O'Neal has crafted a fine melody that is firmly anchored by Lundy's bass and Davis's skin and cymbal work. All in all, this is a satisfying offering.
Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello